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Canon PowerShot SX230 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 1080p Full-HD Video (Black)

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  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access
  • Remember where you were and when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location, and a logger
  • Powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  • 12.1 effective megapixels, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS; 14x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.3 inches ; 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004J3YCGM
  • Item model number: SX230HS - BK
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Travel the world with the new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera. It's the first Canon PowerShot to come with GPS technology that'll automatically tag your photos with time and locations. You can even view all the photos' locations on a map by using special bundled software. And with amazing features, such as the HS SYSTEM, 12.1 Megapixels, 14x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 1080p Full HD Video, the stylish PowerShot SX230 HS is your essential traveling companion.Experience the Power.

From the Manufacturer

Experience the Power.

Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.

The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low light shooting. The system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular Full HD.

Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access. Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.

Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button. You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close–but don't worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!

The Ideal Travel Companion.
Remember where you were and when your pictures were taken with a GPS tracker that records your location, and a logger lets you view the locations on a map via Canon's software.

The new PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera is the first PowerShot digital camera to come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos for you to vividly remember time and time again! You can also maximize the usefulness of this GPS technology by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes sharing the memories of your worldly adventures very fun. Besides displaying all your photos' locations on a world map, the SX230 HS digital camera's GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo–a great way to visualize how much you've traveled during a particular trip! You can also create and share custom maps–like a personal mini-travel guide!–with friends and family members to give them ideas on what to see and do when they visit a particular destination.



* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country.


As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.


This software uses Google Map for displaying maps.

Incredible Zooming Power.
Powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens. Great overall zoom for a family vacation to your favorite tourist destination.

A powerful 14x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and a 28mm Wide-Angle lens provides a wide range of shooting possibilities that are great for traveling and everyday photography. The versatile 14x Optical Zoom will let you get the shot you want, whether it's a close-up or a subject that's far away. An ultra wide lens will let you photograph large groups, beautiful landscape and tall buildings, while the Optical Image Stabilizer will help keep images steady and clear.



Advanced Smart AUTO for Stills and Videos that Shine.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.

The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level - automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera has you covered whether you're shooting stills or videos.

  • Smart AUTO
    The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
  • P Program
    Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
  • Av Aperture-priority
    You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
  • Tv Shutter-priority
    You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
  • Movie Digest Mode
    Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video.
  • Portrait
    The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject pop.
  • Kids & Pets
    Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
  • Smart Shutter
    The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
  • High-speed Burst
    The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.2fps while you hold down the shutter.
  • Best Image Selection
    The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
  • Handheld Night Scene
    Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
  • Low Light
    For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
  • Fisheye Effect
    Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
  • Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
    Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
  • Toy Camera Effect
    Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
  • Creative Light Effect
    Transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music motes and more.
  • Monochrome
    Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
  • Super Vivid
    Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
  • Poster Effect
    Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
  • Color Accent
    Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap
    Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Beach
    Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Foliage
    Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow
    Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
  • Fireworks
    Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Stitch Assist
    Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
Movie

Shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps for up to 14 min. and 34 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in HD (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 20 min and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip. Also shoot in iFrame Movie format (1280 x 720) at 30 fps for up to 13 min. and 35 sec. or 4GB per clip.


Super Slow Motion Movie

Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.


Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos.
Movie Digest Mode records a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video.

Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required Ð Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!

Add some Fun to Your Photos!
New scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.

Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect. Toy Camera Effect recreates this look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens and adding contrast.



Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you're looking for.



See the Image on a Big Screen.
Large, bright 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD with high resolution and wide viewing angle.

The PowerShot SX230 HS digital camera's high resolution (461,000 dots) 3.0-inch wide PureColor System LCD gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.



3.0-inch with PureColor System LCD Screen

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Picture quality is very good.
G. Gopal
The camera has the best manual features if you want to use them (like I do).
Whois1145
And by the way, it takes very good pictures in low light!
Beth R. Tibbitts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

818 of 835 people found the following review helpful By Toua Yang on April 5, 2011
Color Name: Black
Pros:
[1] Very advance camera in a small package. Has a lot of the features of the Canon DSLRs.
[2] You can edit the pictures within the camera (color, cropping, filters)
[3] HD video recording is awesome.
[4] 14X zoom plus 56X digital zoom.
[5] GPS
[6] Trigger shooting with smile or wink
[7] Mini HDMI out put
[8] Many modes to choose from. Tv, Av, M, P, Portrait, Landscape...just to name a few
[9] Adjustable shutter up to 1/3200
[10] Adjustable ISO from 100-3200
[11] HS and IS makes this thing worth the money
[12] Menus are easy to navigate (because its similar to the Canon DSLRs)
[13] The mode selector dial goes all the way around without stopping.
[14] Too many to list...

Cons:
[1] Get your finger off the flash. The location of the flash takes a little to get used to
[2] Battery life is terrible
[3] I have big hands so it's hard for me to grip it.
[4] Aperture is only F3.1 wide open
[5] Flash charges slow, but is decent for a point and shoot (I'm so used to my Canon 430 EX ii speed lite on my DSLR)
[6] Shutter speeds of 1 second or longer is limited to only ISO 100.

Final Thoughts:
[1] Canon makes some of the best Cameras if not the best. You get a lot of the DSLR technology compacted into this little thing.
[2] If this camera had a F2 Aperture like the Canon S95, it would be Canon's best point and shoot camera released to date, but there's a trade off when you want zoom. Both cameras are neck and neck in my book with the S95 edging it out by a hair because of the F2.
[3] The biggest difference between the SX230 and SX220 (UK) is the GPS. Why isn't there a SX220 in the US? If you feel like importing one, it's about $80 less.
[4] Love this camera so far.
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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By NJ's dad on May 7, 2011
Color Name: Black
I have canon sx210-IS for almost a year now, but when my baby spilled water over it, it stopped working and the cost of repair estimated by Canon repair service was costing me almost equal to a new sx210-IS price, that was when I decided to buy this upgraded version from Canon.

Most of features of this camera were also the part of its predecessor, but let's focus on the new features which make this one better than its' predecessor:-

*Low light support: This is the most talked about feature, and this was be one of 'THE reasons' I chose this camera and it really worth a pat on back for this . The results are really amazing for a point and shoot category camera.

*Super slow motion video: The results are really awesome. It is amazing to see my baby; flipping her hair and running, trying to catch a butterfly - in super slow motion! I should say that the slow motion option with 240 fps is for brightly lit places; otherwise the results are not that good.

*Full HD video: This definitely is an improvement over sx210 is, which can only shoot 720p videos. This makes the video quality of sx 230-HS exceptional.

*GPS tracker: It is a nice to have feature. I used it once but, this sucks the battery so I keep this option off, all the time.

Other features worth mentioning:-
*14x zoom: It is really amazing how they are able to put 14x zoom in such small body. It is worth mentioning the fact that these super zooms are only effective if they come with automatic image stabilization feature and let me ensure you that this camera as its' predecessor - sx210, does this job exceedingly well.

*12 mega pixels: Although SX 210 has 14 mega pixels but I would not consider this as a degrade.
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234 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Jeff W on March 28, 2011
Color Name: Black
I bought this camera as a replacement for my Canon SD800IS, where I was very interested in getting the new GPS capabilities. I also have a professional camera with my Canon 7D, so this is more of a family/trip camera.

Overall, I'm very happy the photo quality and manual features offered (control over exposure level, aperture setting, flash level, etc.) Having a single button to shoot video is great. However, the battery life is much shorter than my old camera. I'm getting around 200-220 photos (instead of 600+), with a few videos thrown in, per battery with the GPS feature turned on. Buy an extra battery. For the GPS: it takes about 1-2 minutes for the camera to lock on the satellites once outside. I think it's cool to see exactly where you took a photo and this will be neat for vacations (wish I had it for an Italy trip a few years back).

I recommend this camera for anyone needing a super zoom with GPS. Just note the slightly bulky size and need to carry an extra battery.

Pros:
*Excellent daylight photos
*Very good inside photos w/o a flash, for a compact camera
*GPS feature generally works well, photo locations show fine in Apple Aperture
*Zoom works quickly and they finally show a screen indicator for the zoom position
*HD video works well
*HDMI out is handy, but the cable is sold separately

Cons:
*Battery life is not great with GPS on (about 200 photos/battery). The low battery indicator starts flashing red pretty early (with 25-30% left), so that could be a pro or con.
*Camera is bulky compared to my old SD800IS, so get a case that will hold it. It is 4.16x2.42x1.31in
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